20 years ago (1999)
When today's teens are called from their studies it might be a school trip or spring break. Fifty-some years ago Dale Westerlund left the 10th grade to enlist in WWII. Yesterday, the member of the Amer. Legion Post 255 color guard was given an honorary diploma during Veterans Day ceremonies.
30 years ago (1989)
A pair of leather loafers helped sheriff's officials set the time of death of a man whose skeletal remains were found in a wooded area last month. Lab reports indicate the man was in his mid-20s and may have died in the 1950s. Cause of death is unknown but no foul play is suspected.
40 years ago (1979)
A third grade class at Lincoln School put away the textbooks and wrote poetry today, thanks to John Caddy. A Minnesota-born poet, Caddy is the first of three poets, each of whom will spend three weeks in Brainerd under the Minnesota Writers in the Schools Program.
60 years ago (1959)
Reserved season basketball tickets, which have been quite popular the past few years, haven't been attracting much attention this year. About 200 have been sold in the past but only 60 have been requested so far. They are for specific seats and good for all 10 home games.
80 years ago (1939)
Sid Eide was elected president of the City Bowling Assn. at an organization meeting last night at the Ransford Hotel. Members decided to apply for an ABC charter for the first time, though it has been sanctioned before. A straightaway league, handicap and beginners leagues were formed.
100 years ago (1919)
The case of Brainerd vs. Thomas Beare is being heard in district court before Judge Wright. It involves the price to be paid after Beare's land was condemned for use as the well site for the new city waterworks. The jury traveled by bus to view the land, known as “Beare's cabbage farm.”